Guitar Rags & A Too Fast Past

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Containing five CDs and 141 songs, and runs nearly seven hours, this set is pure gold, whether you like Travis's instrumental string dazzlers or his novelty hits of the late '40s -- and it's just about 100% indispensable to anyone who likes good folk, hillbilly, country, or blues. Disc One is worth half the cost by itself, 20 of its 28 tracks drawn from Travis's early/mid-'40s career on King, Capitol, and a handful of forgotten labels, in duets and group settings. This includes his recordings with Grandpa Jones on guitar, no less as the Sheppard Brothers from 1943, and his topical anti-Axis songs recorded under aliases. All of this stuff features not only Travis's superb ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Containing five CDs and 141 songs, and runs nearly seven hours, this set is pure gold, whether you like Travis's instrumental string dazzlers or his novelty hits of the late '40s -- and it's just about 100% indispensable to anyone who likes good folk, hillbilly, country, or blues. Disc One is worth half the cost by itself, 20 of its 28 tracks drawn from Travis's early/mid-'40s career on King, Capitol, and a handful of forgotten labels, in duets and group settings. This includes his recordings with Grandpa Jones on guitar, no less as the Sheppard Brothers from 1943, and his topical anti-Axis songs recorded under aliases. All of this stuff features not only Travis's superb guitar, but excellent harmony singing by him as well. The first Travis solo track as we would know it, "That's All," is worth the wait, and later selections find him slipping into the sound recognized from his familiar recordings. Part of Disc Two is given over to Folk Songs of the Hills, but Travis's full band sound is also well represented. Disc Three contains more of Travis's full-band pop numbers, and a similar new discovery in an alternate take of "Merle's Boogie Woogie," the first multi-tracked country recording ever done. Disc Four, with 31 tracks, covers 1950 to 1953, when Travis's sound became more varied -- there were still full-band pop numbers; his group was stripped down, and there were fewer novelty numbers. Disc Five is a mix of superb instrumentals and rousing pop numbers, along with some blues and a few reworked old standards. It may be the strongest of the five. The book is excellent -- all 80 pages of it -- and the sound on all but a handful of tracks is as good as being at the session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127156372
  • Catalog Number: 15637
  • Sales rank: 166,652

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You'll Be Lonesome, Too (3:17)
  2. 2 The Steppin' out Kind (2:52)
  3. 3 When Mussolini Laid His Pistol Down (2:49)
  4. 4 Two Time Annie (2:36)
  5. 5 What Will I Do? (2:39)
  6. 6 So Long, Farewell, Goodbye (2:45)
  7. 7 God Put a Rainbow on the Clouds (3:04)
  8. 8 It May Be Too Late (2:55)
  9. 9 Be on Your Way (3:02)
  10. 10 Rainin' on the Mountain (2:44)
  11. 11 Give Me Your Hand (2:39)
  12. 12 Out on the Open Range (2:46)
  13. 13 Ridin' Down to Santa Fe (3:11)
  14. 14 Hominy Grits (2:50)
  15. 15 That's All (2:48)
  16. 16 Boogie Woogie Boy (3:05)
  17. 17 Boogie Woogie Boy (2:58)
  18. 18 I Used to Work in Chicago (2:39)
  19. 19 Merle's Buck Dance (2:49)
  20. 20 Steel Guitar Stomp (2:52)
  21. 21 I Used to Work in Chicago (2:39)
  22. 22 I'm All Thru Trusting You (3:02)
  23. 23 Weary Lonesome Me (2:32)
  24. 24 No Vacancy (3:02)
  25. 25 Cincinnati Lou (2:37)
  26. 26 Two Is a Couple (And Three Is a Crowd) (2:34)
  27. 27 What a Shame (2:48)
  28. 28 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) (2:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Missouri (2:45)
  2. 2 Divorce Me C.O.D. (3:01)
  3. 3 A Fool at the Steering Wheel (2:49)
  4. 4 Nine Pound Hammer (2:41)
  5. 5 Sixteen Tons (0:56)
  6. 6 Sixteen Tons (2:52)
  7. 7 Dark as a Dungeon (2:49)
  8. 8 Over by Number Nine (3:10)
  9. 9 That's All (3:01)
  10. 10 John Henry (3:07)
  11. 11 Muskrat (3:20)
  12. 12 I Am a Pilgrim (2:53)
  13. 13 This World Is Not My Home (2:47)
  14. 14 The Covered Wagon Rolled Right Along (2:59)
  15. 15 (Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave) Wyoming (2:43)
  16. 16 A Little Too Fer (2:27)
  17. 17 When Rosie Riccoola Do the Hoola Ma Boola (2:32)
  18. 18 Steel Guitar Rag (2:58)
  19. 19 Honey Bunch (2:24)
  20. 20 Sweet Temptation (2:54)
  21. 21 Don't Hand Me That Old Line (2:48)
  22. 22 Steel Guitar Rag (3:05)
  23. 23 Honey Bunch (2:45)
  24. 24 So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed (2:58)
  25. 25 Alimony Bound (2:59)
  26. 26 Follow Thru (2:58)
  27. 27 Three Times Seven (2:58)
  28. 28 I'm Sick and Tired of You, Little Darling (3:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sunshine's Back in Town (2:43)
  2. 2 The Devil to Pay (2:46)
  3. 3 Steel Guitar Rag (2:45)
  4. 4 Lawdy, What a Gal (2:53)
  5. 5 Sioux City Sue (2:33)
  6. 6 Muskrat (2:37)
  7. 7 Fat Gal (1:09)
  8. 8 Fat Gal (2:39)
  9. 9 I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size (2:46)
  10. 10 Merle's Boogie Woogie (2:49)
  11. 11 Merle's Boogie Woogie (2:47)
  12. 12 Dapper Dan (3:30)
  13. 13 When My Baby Double Talks to Me (2:49)
  14. 14 I'm Picking up the Pieces to My Heart (2:54)
  15. 15 Information Please (2:55)
  16. 16 Any Old Time (2:44)
  17. 17 Kentucky Means Paradise (2:39)
  18. 18 Leave My Honey Bee Alone (2:55)
  19. 19 I'm a Natural Born Gamblin' Man (3:10)
  20. 20 Get Along Blues (2:53)
  21. 21 A Too Fast Past (2:57)
  22. 22 Crazy Boogie (2:50)
  23. 23 You Better Try Another Man (2:36)
  24. 24 Deck of Cards (3:04)
  25. 25 Wabash Cannonball (2:32)
  26. 26 Blues Stay Away from Me (2:38)
  27. 27 Philososphy (2:29)
  28. 28 I Got a Mean Old Woman (3:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I'm Picking up the Pieces to My Heart (2:28)
  2. 2 Petticoat Fever (2:52)
  3. 3 Start Even (3:09)
  4. 4 Guitar Rag (2:28)
  5. 5 Cane Bottom Chair (2:46)
  6. 6 I'm Knee Deep in Trouble (2:23)
  7. 7 Little Miss Sherlock Holmes (2:15)
  8. 8 Too Much Sugar for a Dime (2:16)
  9. 9 Spoonin' Moon (2:25)
  10. 10 Trouble, Trouble (2:50)
  11. 11 El Ren (2:38)
  12. 12 Won'tcha Be My Baby (2:30)
  13. 13 Dry Bread (2:38)
  14. 14 Lost John Boogie (2:22)
  15. 15 Deep South (2:08)
  16. 16 Boogie in Minor (2:28)
  17. 17 Let's Settle Down (To Runnin' Around Together) (2:24)
  18. 18 Done Rovin' (2:24)
  19. 19 Faithful Fool (2:30)
  20. 20 Love Must Be Ketchin' (2:11)
  21. 21 Kinfolks in Carolina (2:02)
  22. 22 Kinfolks in Carolina (2:25)
  23. 23 Rainy Day Feelin' (2:22)
  24. 24 A Too Fast Past (2:38)
  25. 25 Knee Deep in Trouble (2:38)
  26. 26 Ain't That a Cryin' Shame (2:20)
  27. 27 I'll See You in My Dreams (1:55)
  28. 28 Cannonball Rag (1:57)
  29. 29 I'll Have Myself a Ball (2:33)
  30. 30 Bayou Baby (2:36)
  31. 31 Green Cheese (2:54)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Louisiana Boogie (2:45)
  2. 2 Guitar Rag (2:22)
  3. 3 Saturday Night Shuffle (2:22)
  4. 4 The Waltz You Saved for Me (2:29)
  5. 5 Crazy 'Bout You (2:24)
  6. 6 Re-Enlistment Blues (3:23)
  7. 7 Dance of the Golden Rod (3:07)
  8. 8 Gambler's Guitar (2:38)
  9. 9 Shut up and Drink Your Beer (2:12)
  10. 10 Seminole Drag (2:48)
  11. 11 Jolie Fille (Pretty Girl) (2:04)
  12. 12 I Can't Afford the Coffee (I'm Tired of Drinking Weak Tea Blues) (2:58)
  13. 13 Blue Bell (2:21)
  14. 14 Memphis Blues (2:37)
  15. 15 The Sheik of Araby (2:05)
  16. 16 On a Bicycle Built for Two (Daisy Belle) (2:12)
  17. 17 Black Diamond Blues (3:06)
  18. 18 Blue Smoke (2:28)
  19. 19 Walking the Strings (1:52)
  20. 20 Saturday Night Shuffle (2:09)
  21. 21 Sleepy Time Gal (2:39)
  22. 22 Tuck Me to Sleep (In My Old 'Tucky Home) (2:31)
  23. 23 Rock-A-Bye Rock (1:58)
  24. 24 Bugle Call Rag (2:22)
  25. 25 Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine (2:32)
  26. 26 Beer Barrel Polka (2:37)
  27. 27 Trun My Picture Upside Down (2:31)
  28. 28 If You Want It, I've Got It (2:45)
  29. 29 Lazy River (2:26)
  30. 30 Hunky Dory (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Travis Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford Vocals
Grandpa Jones Guitar, Vocals
Joe Maphis Fiddle, Guitar
Moon Mullican Piano
Kay Starr Vocals
Jerry Colonna Vocals
Alvino Rey Steel Guitar
Buddy Cole Piano, Leader
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Hank Penny Rhythm Guitar, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Cliffie Stone Bass, Leader, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Johnny Bond Guitar
Danny Alguire Trumpet
Georgia Brown Vocals
Roy Harte Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Johnny Mercer Vocals
Smokey Rogers Guitar
Dick Stubbs Guitar
Dale Warren Bass
John Weiss Guitar
Allen Williams Bass
Bob McCarthy Guitar, Vocals
Frank Messina Accordion
Earl Joaquin Murphey Steel Guitar
Darol Rice Clarinet
Eugine Rogers Bass
Fred T. Tavares Steel Guitar
Roy Bargy Bass
Harold Hensley Fiddle
Eddie Kirk Rhythm Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Billy Liebert Piano, Accordion
Pat Patterson Piano, Choir, Chorus
Jimmie Widener Guitar
Tex Atchison Fiddle, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Vic Davis Piano
Bert Dodson Bass
Shug Fisher Guitar
Roy Lanham Guitar, Vocals
Frankie Marvin Steel Guitar
Gene Mombeck Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Paul Sells Accordion
Deuce Spriggins Bass
Wesley Tuttle Guitar, Leader, Vocals
Joyce "Red" Murrell Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Donald "Dusty" Rhodes Bass, Steel Guitar
Joe Strand Piano
Jimmy Pruett Piano
Max Fidler Fiddle
Arthur Douglas "Doug" Dalton Mandolin, Vocals
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Margie Ann Warren Fiddle
Arthur Wenzel Accordion
Jo Ella Wright Piano
Joel Duroe Drums
Charlie Linville Fiddle
Leodie Jackson Steel Guitar
Alan H. Barker Bass
Virginia Cushman Trumpet
Larry DePaul Accordion
Quilla Hugh Freeman Guitar, Leader
Ossie J. Godson Piano
June "Judy" Hayden Vocals
Rivers Lewis Rhythm Guitar
Phil F. Marx Jr. Steel Guitar
Jack McTaggart Trumpet
Hartle Patterson Bass
John Alan Reinhardt Bass
Robert Roy Fiddle
Tommy Sargent Rhythm Guitar
George Tracy Harmonica
Don Whiston Guitar
Agapito "Pete" Martinez Steel Guitar
Tommy Romersa Drums
Technical Credits
Roy Rogers Contributor
Chet Atkins Contributor
Gene Autry Contributor
Jimmie Davis Contributor
Tex Ritter Contributor
Hank Thompson Contributor
Merle Travis Composer, Contributor
Walter Brown Contributor
Annette Warren Contributor
Buddy Cole Contributor
Jack Guthrie Contributor
Rose Lee Maphis Contributor
Cliffie Stone Producer
Ernest Tubb Contributor
Tex Williams Contributor
Jack Pettis Composer
Thom Bresh Contributor
Bill Brown Contributor
Smiley Burnette Composer, Contributor
Jimmy Dean Contributor
Colin Escott Illustrations
Henry Glover Composer
Bob Jones Mastering, Metal Transfers
Mary Lou Contributor
Clayton McMichen Contributor
Ken Nelson Producer
Bruce Nemerov Metal Transfers
Wayne Raney Composer
Dick Roberts Contributor
Tony Russell Illustrations
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Dick Stubbs Contributor
Mark Wilder Metal Transfers
Al Williams Contributor
Lee Gillette Producer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations, Biographical Information
Billy Meyers Composer
Larry Walsh Metal Transfers
Montgomery Clift Contributor
Tex Atchison Composer
Pat Brady Contributor
Carl Cotner Contributor
Carolina Cotton Contributor
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
Texas Jim Lewis Contributor
Syd Nathan Producer
Juanita Vastine Contributor
Hank Penny & His Radio Cowboys Contributor
Phil Wells Tape Comparison
Les Leverett Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Nation Composer
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Dave Sax Reissue Producer, Tape Comparison, Tape Research
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Ike Everly Contributor
Jack Rivers Contributor
Edward Madden Composer
Leon Rusk Composer
Homer Escamelia Contributor
David Stewart Illustrations
Burt Lancaster Contributor
Herman "The Hermit" Snyder Contributor
Hank Caldwell Contributor
Traditional Composer
Dale Evans Contributor
Wiley Fox Contributor
Jack Tucker Contributor
Marilyn Tuttle Contributor
Eddie Cletro Contributor
George Bamby Contributor
Harry "Slim" Duncan Contributor
Roy Ball Contributor
Bunnie Mullins Baugh Contributor
Paul A. Bigsby Contributor
Blackie Case Contributor
Virginia Cushman Contributor
Pierre Danielou Illustrations
Judy Dell Contributor
Theodore Morse Composer
Hardy Dorgaten Photo Restoration
Pat Travis Eatherly Illustrations
Betsy Gay Contributor
Harlan Ray "Fuzzy" Gregory Contributor
Robbie Hogans Contributor
B.W. Johnson Contributor
Lazy Jim Contributor
Margie Linville Contributor
Sleepy Marlin Contributor
Bert Phillips Contributor
Kay Phillips Contributor
Joseph Pieracci Illustrations
Mose Rager Contributor
Betty Lou Morgan Robinson Contributor
Denny Slowfoot Contributor
Henry VanWormer Illustrations
Bucky Yates Contributor
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